Ace swordsman Ryan Tubridy showed off his fun side yesterday, much to the delight of the youngsters in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, writes Stephen O'Farrell.
However, he remained tight-lipped about his decision not to follow the lead of fellow RTE stars and accept a 10pc pay cut.
Mr Tubridy helped launch a roadshow which will travel the country in the next two months to promote the importance of play for children in hospitals. He was joined in Crumlin by balloon artists, clowns and dozens of excited children.
Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI), who organised the event, said that play was a highly effective method of educating children about their medical experiences.
"You can explain to them through play what they are going through and give them a better understanding," a spokeswoman said.
CHI launched the roadshow after they received a "substantial" donation from the National Children's Nursery Association.
The charity's policy adviser, Rita Melia, said they had been delighted to contribute to the project, which would provide "a fun day for children in hospitals all over the country".